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Estonia fines man for 'cyber war'

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360w ago - A 20-year-old ethnic Russian man is the first person to be convicted for taking part in a "cyber war" against Estonia.

Dmitri Galushkevich was fined 17,500 kroons (£830) for an attack which blocked the website of the Reform Party of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.

The assault, between 25 April and 4 May 2007, was one of a series by hackers on Estonian institutions and businesses.

At the time, Estonia accused the Russian government of orchestrating the attacks. Moscow denied any involvement.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the BBC in May 2007 that the allegations were "completely untrue".

Minority attacks

The attacks took place against a backdrop of riots by ethnic Russian Estonians prompted by the removal of a Soviet war memorial from the centre of Tallinn.

During the unrest, one person was killed and more than 150 injured.

Moving the so-called Bronze Soldier was seen as an affront to the memory of Russian soldiers who died during World War II.

Prosecutors said Mr Galushkevich, a student, had claimed the attack was an act of protest against Mr Ansip, who became a hate figure for Estonia's Russian minority.

Ethnic Russians make up about a quarter of Estonia's population of 1.3 million.

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THQ cancels Frontlines: Fuel of War for PS3

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361w ago - THQ announced today that it has canceled PS3 version of Frontlines: Fuel of War(TM) and also the PS2 version of Destroy All Humans!(R): Big Willy Unleashed.

Two unannounced titles for Xbox 360 and PS3, scheduled for 2010, have also been canceled. The Concrete Games studio, which was working on one of the unannounced titles, will also be closed down.

To quote: However, the company expects to report approximately $20 million in accelerated amortization expense related to the underperformance of certain previously-released games, including Stuntman(R):Ignition(TM), Ratatouille and Conan(R). In addition, consistent with the company's previously-announced quality initiatives relating to product development and its product pipeline, the company expects to record non-cash charges of approximately $27 million related to:

1) the cancellation of the PlayStation(R) 3 (PS3) version of Frontlines(TM): Fuel of War(TM) and the PlayStation(R) 2 (PS2) version of Destroy All Humans!(R): Big Willy Unleashed;

2) costs associated with two unannounced titles for Xbox 360 and PS3 that had been scheduled for release in fiscal 2010; and

3) the company's decision not to pursue its Juiced(TM) and Stuntman(R) intellectual properties.

The company also announced the closure of its...
 

THQ indicates Fuel of War has been delayed for PS3, not cancelled

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361w ago - Recent rumors suggested that THQ had totally scrapped Frontline: Fuels of War for the PS3. However, a THQ PR rep has told one website that the PS3 version is not canceled and has just been delayed.

The team is reportedly working as normal to finish the Xbox 360 and PC versions in time for a February launch while the PS3 version is scheduled for a release later on in the year.

To quote: Some rumors posted on other Web sites have reported that the PS3 version of Kaos Studios and THQ's upcoming multiplayer shooter Frontlines: Fuel of War has been cancelled. FiringSquad has checked in with THQ's PR contact for the game who told us today that the PS3 version had not been cancelled but has been delayed.

According to our contact Kaos Studios is working to finish the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game for release in February. The PS3 version is still scheduled for release later in 2008.
 

God of War: Chains of Olympus box art revealed!

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362w ago - Just dropping in to share a few God of War: Chains of Olympus tidbits you fans might be interested in. Hot off the presses... its the GoW: CoO box art!

And if you didn't see the new trailer on 1UP/GameVideos or IGN, check out our first full trailer for God of War: Chains of Olympus.

We're showing off some pillaging from a few new levels and giving you all a little taste of the overall experience that you've been waiting for.

Video can be seen here!
 

Manufacturer attempts to minimize Warner Bros damage by halving some prices

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362w ago - Toshiba has reacted strongly to last week's news that Warner Bros had defected to Sony's Blu-ray camp by cutting prices on its HD DVD players in the US by up to half.

According to a report on CNN Money the suggested retail price of its three standalone players will fall by as much as USD 200 - the HD-A3 falls from around USD 300 to USD 150, the HD-A30 drops from USD 400 to USD 200 while the HD-A35 goes from USD 500 to just USD 300.

The company already marketed one of HD DVD's key advantages as being cheaper than Blu-ray, and Toshiba is taking drastic action to keep its format in the next-generation DVD race.

Following Warner's decision Blu-ray now boasts five key players on its side of the divide, while Paramount and Universal support HD DVD.

Toshiba America's group vice president of digital audio and video explained: "While price is one of the consideration elements for the early adopter, it is a deal-breaker for the mainstream consumer."

The company also plans a lengthy advertising campaign to promote HD DVD on TV, print and online.
 
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